Wednesday, July 25, 2012
In the three days after the Aurora, CO movie theater bloodbath, applications for the background checks needed to legally buy a gun soared 43% from the previous week.
The shooting at the cinema screened the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, left 12 people dead and 58 injured. 20 victims remain hospitalized, including six in critical condition..
Just the stats.
According to data released by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, 880 people applied for the state-approved background checks on Friday, 13 July, days before the shooting.
On Friday, 29 July, the day following the shooting, the number was 1,216, and on the Saturday, 1,243. In total, 2,887 people were approved to buy a gun over the weekend, an increase of 43.5% on the weekend before, said the bureau.
The bureau’s figures cannot confirm how many people then bought a firearm, but gun shop owners also reported a rise in sales.
Dick Rutan, owner of Gunners Den in the Colorado town of Arvada, said sales were “off the hook”.
He told the Denver Post, “What they’re saying is, they want to have a chance. They want to have the ability to protect themselves and their families if they are in a situation like what happened in the movie theater.”
SOURCE: BBC News